Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of May 6, 2018


Get caught up on the latest technology and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of May 6, 2018.

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‘Eggs’ for alien Earths? At 94, physicist Freeman Dyson’s brain is still going strong

Alien megaspheres … rockets powered by nuclear bombs … freeze-dried life in outer space: These are just some of the ideas that have flowered in the brain of physicist Freeman Dyson, and he’s not done yet. … Read More

Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman sounds off on housing market, says U.S. has become a ‘landlord nation’

Aspiring homebuyers losing out on bidding war after bidding war aren’t the only ones frustrated with the housing market. … Read More

Glassdoor to be acquired for $1.2 billion by Japan-based HR giant Recruit Holdings

Job review site Glassdoor has agreed to be acquired for $1.2 billion by Japanese HR giant Recruit Holdings Co. … Read More

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Zillow CEO calls ‘head tax’ proposal ‘misguided’ and says company could look to grow outside Seattle

A week after Amazon said it will pause construction on a new office tower in Seattle and reconsider whether it will move into another while the City Council considers taxing the top-grossing businesses in the city, Zillow Group is looking at whether future expansion should happen elsewhere. … Read More

As Glassdoor sells for $1.2B, co-founder Rich Barton shares advice: ‘Give power to the people’

There’s a common thread between Expedia, Zillow, and Glassdoor. … Read More

As Seattle ‘head tax’ debate rages, Amazon eyes major expansion in nearby city

Amazon is gearing up for a potentially major expansion in Bellevue, Wash., Seattle’s neighbor to the east, at the same time that it has paused growth in its hometown to see how a proposal for a controversial tax on big businesses turns out. … Read More

More than 100 tech leaders warn Seattle’s tax plan sends dangerous message: ‘If you create too many jobs, you will be punished’

The Seattle tech community is following Amazon’s lead, publicly pressing the City Council to drop a proposed tax on top-earning companies to fund affordable housing and homeless services. … Read More

How Amazon could end its Seattle tax battle and tackle one of the world’s biggest problems

COMMENTARY: Amazon’s showdown with elected officials in its hometown has been fascinating to cover, disappointing to watch, and ultimately not healthy for anyone. … Read More

Revealed: Winners of the 2018 GeekWire Awards

There was singing; there was cheering; there was laughing; there was crying. … Read More

The new Microsoft: ‘Making the PC the perfect second screen to your phone’

How times have changed at Microsoft. For much of its history, the PC and Windows have been the central focus for Microsoft, but that era continues to fade into the rear-view as Microsoft’s new focus on “multi-device experiences” takes center stage. … Read More

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